Have there been tears shed in this place? So convince me once again of your confession of faith by saying with me:  “For the Lord is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations.”  Amen. . However, I am not saying that it is the correct situation. You bet! Would the LORD deliver Israel from Rome the way He did from Sennacherib with a mighty and overt work of power? Mark Moore and Mel Antonio, two students who graduated last year told us of their experience of sacred space while eating in a humble home in Cuernavaca in a ravine so close to the river below that they could hear it as they went to bed at night. The first professor of LSPS, Hilmer Krause, accepted a call to serve as a homiletics professor here at SSW and behold LSPS found a home here on this campus, and good neighbors became friends and mission partners became visionaries as we together fulfilled the call to common mission even before the wider church thought about it! Do not assume that you are in. Let us rejoice and be glad in it!”   By God,  I’ll make joyful Christians out of you yet!! What else have we learned in this place? He suffered death that we might be freed form God’s wrath and live for Him. But perhaps by just looking at today we are missing this psalm’s profound meaning. On the day the lamb for Passover was to be selected, a buzz came from the Jericho Road. 23 This is the LORD'S doing; it is marvellous in our eyes. The proof of that vision of so long was is almost 150 graduates now serving Christ in the world. And so in tearing them down “whiskeypalians” became friends with border-crossing Lutherans and the rest, as they say, is a 36 year history of “life together” as the theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer would say. . Death could not hold its prey. Privacy Policy  |   Latest updates on campus operations and resources related to COVID-19 Learn More. A Sermon for Easter Day. So let’s review what else we’ve learned by being a little off – center in this place over the years. Featuring a sermon puts it on the front page of the site and is the most effective way to bring this sermon to the attention of thousands including all mobile platforms + newsletter. And he was, but He came as a Lamb. This is something called solidarity. This is the Day the Lord Has Made! Yes he was. By the time of Jesus, the Psalms had long been assembled into the form we have today. This will be as Amos says a day of darkness and not light The Sons of Aaron and the Levites and the Pharisees of Jesus’ day would have thought themselves automatically included in the coming Kingdom. And Jesus was on the road of sorrows that would lead Him to the cross on the next day. We walk funny because we walk to the beat of a different drummer. LSPS and SSW and all those who visit with us today. The Lord’s Day . After all, he hadn’t saved Israel or all the cities of Judah. He does! I first came here as a student in 1988 convinced that I would not like this place, and here I am 22 years later as a professor and director, little knowing then that I would come to love this place and the people who make it what it is. . The city was surrounded by Sennacherib, the Assyrian army, and their client armies. The lamb for the family at Passover had to be kept up beforehand. Dave Wood This Is The Day Lord Has Made Besides the coming to the Temple at the head of a thankful procession, they would bring sacrifices of thanksgiving which they would bind with chords to the altar. 1. Psalm 119. We are warned in the prophet Amos that this was to be a day of darkness and not light. He had been delivered from far greater a danger than Hezekiah could ever have imagined. Jesus quotes another part of the Psalm in Matthew 21:45-6 and applies it to himself. . Let us rejoice and be glad in it!”  Now repeat after me and say it like you mean it:   “This is the day the Lord has made…. The poet Robert Frost once wrote with irony that “good fences make good neighbors.” What he meant by that was exactly the opposite! No kings ruled between Zedekiah at the time of the exile and a temporary restoration in 160BC by the Maccabees. The Jews call the Sabbath “the queen of days.” First of all, the Psalm seems to require the existence of a Temple which would rule out the time of the Babylonian exile. Topical Sermons . 24 This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it. At least on the part of the Jewish leaders were concerned, this was saying that they were “not His people” but people of the surrounding nations. Donors starting contributing to the vision and the dream that Texas could be a place where Lutheran students could study theology and become pastors became a reality. So now we can hear Jesus cry out the first line of the thanksgiving to which we can reply “for the mercy of the LORD endures forever!”. The day of David's enthronement was the beginning of better times for Israel; and in a far higher sense the day of our Lord's resurrection is a new day of God's own making, for it is the dawn of a blessed dispensation. I have every reason to believe that Psalm 118 would have been sung as the last of the praise songs. “Of the day on which Christ arose from the dead, it may, with more propriety than of any other day, be affirmed, this is the day which Jehovah hath made. "This is the day which the Lord has made; Let us rejoice and be glad in it." Also, the alternation of “I” and “We” seems to indicate that it was written during the time that kings ruled over Israel. Let us rejoice and be glad in it.” Psalm 118:24 ESV (p. 425) This Psalm is filled with instruction and theology. I told him that this wall represented the “wailing wall” of Jerusalem, and the chapel was supposed to represent a tent in the wilderness; in fact, those glass doors can slide open just to prove the point. For the completed manuscript, click here.. Scripture: Psalm 118:24: This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. “This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it” (Psa. We continue to learn together that God can take death and turn it into life and God can sustain us through the power of the Spirit working faith in us so that we might say with the psalmist:  ” The Lord is God, It is he that made us, and we are his; we are his people and the sheep of his pasture.”   Ok, so sheep are not that smart, but God is patient with us, even when we are tempted to despair when prayers are not answered as institutionally quickly as we would like. Bible Gateway Recommends. We have been gathered here from the four corners of the world with folks coming here from Slovakia, Africa, Pakistan, the Philippines, Mexico, the British Isles and I’m sure other places as well as we became one people, worshipping and learning together. We have learned to love others beyond our own perceived limits of understanding and relating. All rights reserved. And so they did, and the vision flourished, and folks from all over Texas starting contributing funds to make it happen. Let us see. Confession is good for the soul some crazy monk said once! Some folks had a vision for what the Spirit might be able to do in Willie Nelson country if folks could only grasp the vision and help make it a reality. (Ps 117[118].24) Dear friends, the Lord has made all days in his majesty, but this one he chose in his loving kindness before all of them, as a joy for both angels and humans. ~ Psalm 118:24 The Psalmist in Psalm 118 is writing at a time in their life where they are facing challenging situations. A new era has commenced. Those students learned to cross over their own comfort zones as they struggled to learn Spanish in Mexico and relate to a people who appeared to have so much less and yet shared so much with them. We learned from her community of faith that it takes community to make it in this life; that we cannot make it on our own, and that accepting that truth can be the most liberating good news to a people who find value in relating to others in community. Genesis 4:25 “…For God, [said she], hath appointed me another seed instead of Abel, whom Cain slew.” A sermon based on Psalm 118 Sunday, November 11, 2012 Psalm 118 was Luther's favorite Psalm. This sounds more like a lament that I have just written. These 6 psalms were sung during the main Jewish holidays, Passover, Pentecost and the Feast of the Tabernacles. This is the day which the LORD hath made. Jesus is taking the part of the king, but who are the people? The LORD God Almighty made the day Able was born. This is the day that the Lord has made: let us rejoice and be glad in it! Jesus says that we have only this one day, and we must not be anxious for the day tomorrow. We learned from her friend, Doctora Mendoza of Juárez, Mexico that when the Spirit sends you on a mission, nothing can stop the missioner, not even the threat of death by unseen forces because the Spirit gives courage and faith. The psalm it what is called a “thanksgiving psalm”. These would be sung throughout the Passover season. This has been a place where we have forged friendships, where we have seen students come and go over the years. He would be beaten with many stripes and fastened to the horns of a cross as the sacrifice for sin. So we do live out Jesus’s sufferings in a way when we are rejected by others for our faith. “This is the day the Lord has made. The believer in Jesus never needs to fear the Day of the LORD because for us it has already come and passed. This is also the title of our closing song this morning, which is also based on verse 24. TODAY, the whole Christian Church on earth declares with the Psalmist, “This is the day that the Lord has made. We are warned in the prophet Amos that this was to be a day of darkness and not light. It was July, it was hot, the grass was yellow, and there was no one around to try to convince me of how great you all were. We still live in the transition of the current age and the age to come. Jesus would sweat great drops of blood under the full moon in the garden. Jesus has a nasty surprise. And here at LSPS and SSW we agree with him! This is the day which the Lord hath made — Or, sanctified, as a season never to be forgotten. He also made the day Cain killed him. We know that the Lord heard and sent Isaiah with the news that the Lord was going to deliver them, and He did. The Day of the LORD had come. Yes, I have learned to love this chapel and the people who worship here! Read full chapter. Because we are in Christ, we have already suffered death in Him and Resurrection in Him. There are a few clues which can give us some idea. You might be feeling unloved, unrecognized, unimportant, unworthy, and all the various kinds of ‘UN……’. Now I want all of you to turn to Psalm 100 and I want us to say it together and say it like you mean it, with a loud voice and your lungs full of joyful air! It’s starts with “This is the day the Lord has made.” Who made it? Here’s a simple outline of Psalm 118 for preaching, teaching, or personal study purposes. The Day of Wrath in which Jesus bore our sins makes this other day possible. I do not dissent to this as we should always see each day as a gift of God to be thankful for. Sorry! There is a mingling of three understandings. I was a senior in high school. We have learned to be community as we have learned to live and love together. When I think of the St. John’s Passion of Johann Sebastian Bach and its haunting beauty comes the answer to this—als vie ein Lamm (as a Lamb). September 14, 2020. Many of you wept with us, and we wept with you when 14 Episcopal staff members were let go last December in order to keep the seminary sustainable; we prayed with them and for them and through it all we learned that God is faithful even in the darkest moments of our lives. And even when the blessing has been delayed, as it has been for some of you, we have learned not to despair because as you have confessed to me this morning:  “The Lord is Good and his steadfast Love endures forever!”   Say it with me! The new criteria to be one of God’s chosen people is not heredity but faith. the day. You have known and tasted this goodness here under this tent in the wilderness, while singing songs of praise in two languages! From the Speculum Ecclesiae of Honorius Augustodunensis (early 12th cen.). This is the day the Lord has made. Her ministry is one of restoring health and dignity to a people and we couldn’t help but catch her vision for what is possible when faith and Spirit meet. I explained to him that we learned to speak and sing and pray and even dance in Spanish because of the context of our mission. Jordan Thomas The Day The Lord Has Made We have learned to cross denominational barriers and national borders in our quest to be faithful and in the process we became partners in ministry, visionaries, one learning from the other and becoming the richer for it. Did you know that Psalm 118 is the center chapter of the Bible? One must believe in their heard that God raised Jesus from the dead as well as confess that Jesus is LORD. For since the king was a godly king, then my guess is that it was written by or for King Hezekiah after the Lord had destroyed the Assyrian army before the gates of Jerusalem. resurrection. We know about the letter he spread before the Lord and the prayer he made. We can sing “This is the day that the LORD has made both forward and backward. This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it.” 2. We have learned that folks from different parts of the world can come together and become “familia“, family of faith and a community of love and support for each other. The king would line out the “I” and the people would respond with “we”. Let us rejoice and be glad in it.” The preacher declares, “THIS IS THE DAY THAT THE LORD HAS MADE.” And the congregation replies, “Let us rejoice and be glad in it.” (Ps.118:24). And as pilgrims coming from the feast would find it inconvenient to bring one, they would come early to purchase one at the Temple market which had already been certified by the priests. So Wartburg in Texas was born. 25 Save now, I beseech thee, O LORD: O LORD, I beseech thee, send now prosperity. I did my own wailing here last year near the wailing wall when we lamented the suspension of the M.Div. Each day is a rich and precious gift from God, with new grace and new opportunities. He would be despised and rejected. Verse 24. You have to admit folks, the chapel is a little skewed, shall we say? Tags: Al Rodriguez, Christian formation, LSPS, Psalm 100, Sermons, SSW history, thanksgiving, ©2008- The proof awaits you at this table waiting to be set to feed you as familia. And who can deny not feeling the power of the Spirit moving among us – gathering us, sending us, equipping us to share God’s love in the world. “This is the day the Lord has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.” Psalm 118:24. For the wrath of God was about to be poured out on God’s Lamb. 1st day of the week . The Segment . Let us rejoice and be glad in it!” Now repeat after me and say it like you mean it: “This is the day the Lord has made…. Mark 14;29 says that Jesus and the disciples sang a hymn and went out to the Mount of Olives. 118:24). We love to hear the children in the Churches wave their palm branches in our churches on Palm Sunday singing “Hosanna! Title which tells us who wrote it, when, and for what occasion not! 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